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I wanted to share this, its really straightforward. I know there are many steampunk headphone instructables on here, but I felt that none were as easy or practical for everyday use. It's my first instructable, and I wasn't planning to post it so I'm afraid the pictures do not reflect the painting process, but I tried to be as thorough as possible. If you can find yourself a pair of WWII pilot headphones, or really any other model from the era, and have a pair of skullcandy skullcrushers (the kind with the AA powered bass amp), the speakers fit perfectly into the existing WWII -era frame.
 
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Step 1: Materials

To make these headphones you will need the following:

*A pair of skullcandy skullcrusher headphones. They might? be discontinued, so buy them online, or find another pair with a similar attachment mount (2 inch diameter or therabouts). pull the drivers off of the folding headband. They should snap right out without breaking anything.
*Two cans of spray paint (i used enamel for plastics), one flat black, the other gloss clearcoat
*Silver (or whatever color you might like) bronzing powder
*A tool to make cracks and gouges
*A very soft brush (I use makeup brushes for all my bronzing, $1 at the dollar store)
*A pair of old WWII-era headphones with semicircular driver mounts. Mine had a patent leather head cushion attached, but it was severely dry rotted so I nixed it. I polished the brass up with some brasso so I could turn the nuts, hopefully yours is in better condition. Remove the old drivers and metal cases. If you want to try and retrofit the driver cases, good luck. there is just enough space for the cellophane membrane and some copper wiring, I tried.


gauky2 years ago
So would it be possible to put new headphone drivers in these?
ixododae (author)  gauky2 years ago
Absolutely! It would be a trick to fit them into the old driver cases though, the wwii era cases have just enough room for 2 cellophane plates, not a modern driver.
gauky ixododae2 years ago
Sorry for a late reply but I actaully managed to put my new headphones with in the old headphone case, but unfortunatley I lost them :(
gtejano2 years ago
I don't have tthose "metal prongs" you used as a new frame for the headphone,,,,, what can I use as an alternative to make it look like a steampunk style??? :(
dmadru3 years ago
This Looks Really Good. I Was Thinking About Doing This For My Turtle Beach Headset. I Have One Question Though, Were Did You Get The Headset Piece? Overall, Keep Up The Good Work!
ixododae (author)  dmadru2 years ago
I was lucky enough to find one at a flea market.
Tiktaky2 years ago
This seems like a waste of $200 headphones if you get rid of the main body, then scratch the speaker case. I'm going to do this. but on a generic brand of $10 headphones.
ixododae (author)  Tiktaky2 years ago
I was lucky enough to get the first run of these years ago when they were on sale at fye for $35. Now Skullcandy makes the aviator model, which looks VERY similar to this set.
syowane2 years ago
....Now to find those WWII Era Headphones that my mom used to have...Oh joy. Now I have to dig around in the attic & the closet-room...thingy...And I have to find my old purple headphones that will work instead of the skullcrushers. this is gunna be a long time or finding stuff.
ixododae (author) 3 years ago
Good news! Skullcrushers aren't discontinued, they just come in different packaging now!